6 News goes behind the scenes on the set of ABC's 'Nashville'

6 News goes behind the scenes on the set of ABC's 'Nashville'

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Though they frequently shoot out on location, the majority of their scenes are filmed on their set in Nashville, an old Dillards warehouse. Though they frequently shoot out on location, the majority of their scenes are filmed on their set in Nashville, an old Dillards warehouse.
"I read this script and I was like 'Oh gosh, I want this so bad'," said Chip Esten. "I want to be able to play everything that Deacon's playing." "I read this script and I was like 'Oh gosh, I want this so bad'," said Chip Esten. "I want to be able to play everything that Deacon's playing."
"Go back to the beginning please! And action!" yells director Callie Khouri. "Go back to the beginning please! And action!" yells director Callie Khouri.
Lennon and Maisy Stella, real life sisters, also play sisters on the show. Lennon and Maisy Stella, real life sisters, also play sisters on the show.
While we were on set, Hayden Panettiere filmed one of Juliette's performance scenes. While we were on set, Hayden Panettiere filmed one of Juliette's performance scenes.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

NASHVILLE (WATE) - Have you ever wondered what it's really like behind the scenes of ABC's hit show "Nashville?"

6 News has the answer, and is taking you behind the scenes.

Every day on the set of "Nashville" is a hectic one, as dozens and dozens of people work to make the show you see on TV come to life.

"Go back to the beginning please! And action!" yells director Callie Khouri, directing actor Chip Esten, who plays Deacon.

Though they frequently shoot out on location, the majority of their scenes are filmed on their set in Nashville, an old Dillards warehouse.

The minute we walked in, we found ourselves standing right in the middle of "Deacon's" house, where we caught the man himself, or at least the man who plays him, rehearsing for the day's shoots.

"See, that's just the two of us harmonizing," said Chip Esten, playing a song he'll sing in an upcoming scene.

Remember, the stars do all their own singing on the show, so that combined with the acting means a lot of prep-work.

"I read this script and I was like 'Oh gosh, I want this so bad'," said Esten. "I want to be able to play everything that Deacon's playing."

After shooting here for nearly two seasons now, the sets have started to feel a lot like home, maybe even a little too much.

"When they're shooting elsewhere, like right over there I'll come in here and take a nap in my room, or just hang out in the chair and read my scenes. Once in a while, I'll go to the refrigerator in there and realize there's nothing in there because it's fake," said Esten.

We sat in while Esten filmed a scene with Lennon and Maisy Stella, real life sisters, who also play sisters on the show.

Their proud mom, Connie Britton's Rayna Jaymes, also joined them for the scene.

"When it's Lennon and Maisy singing, I just sort of hold on for dear life because they're amazing," said Esten.

Even though every take sounds like gold to us, for the necessary camera angles, they shoot the same scene more than 20 times.

"To have these amazing actors to learn from and just take tips as we're in the scene together," said Lennon Stella.

Britton, starring in her first-ever singing role, says even though it's a challenge, the show just wouldn't do its namesake city justice with the authentic tunes.

"It's so representative of Nashville. All these songs are written by Nashville songwriters and the songs are so carefully selected for these characters and these stories," said Britton.

As for the characters on the show, it's been a wild ride.

Even the actors themselves tell us they get anxious to read what's coming up.

"It's going fantastic. We're getting great storylines and the drama is heightened," said Eric Close, who plays Teddy on the show. "The writers keep surprising us every week and surprising the audience as well!"

The storylines are especially juicy lately for Hayden Panettiere's country star Juliette, "Nashville's" resident bad girl.

"Sometimes playing the villain, doing it in the same way, it's going to get stale or boring and then nobody has sympathy for someone who they see being nasty all the time," said Panettiere.

While we were on set, she filmed one of Juliette's performance scenes.

While Panettiere has been acting for a long time, she admits that stage fright still gets her.

"Oh yeah! It's all in your head," said Panettiere.

The writers on set let us in on a major cliffhanger coming at the end of season two.

Someone dies, and we hear it's one of the main cast members.

"We do lose one of our cast members and one that we love. I've been told it's not me," said Esten.

Everyone is wanting to know who it is.

"She was like, 'Is it me? Is it me?'" said Lennon Stella, talking about little sister Maisy.

"I was like, 'Don't joke with me! Because if you do, it's not funny!' We were all questioning ourselves like who dies? Does Maddie die? Daphne? No no no no no," said Maisy Stella.

Just like the rest of us, even the stars will have to wait and see what happens in "Nashville."

"I have a feeling there's trouble coming," said Close.

"They don't tell us! We'll find out!" said Panettiere.

The next episode airs Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 10 p.m. on WATE.

The latest soundtrack full of songs performed this season comes out on Dec. 11.

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